Mary Haag is a registered nurse and certified prevention specialist with over 19 years of achievement in substance abuse prevention, coalition building and non-profit management. Haag currently serves as President & CEO for PreventionFIRST! She is past-President of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, ADAPAO, and has served as a coach/mentor for the National School for Prevention Leadership. Mary participates with various regional, state, and national conferences, collaboratives, and think tanks. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Mt. St. Joseph.
Nicole Schiesler is a certified health education specialist and Ohio certified prevention specialist with over 15 years of experience in the substance abuse prevention field. She currently serves as the Director of Coalition Strategies and oversees all prevention strategies that are implemented through the Coalition's three strategic pathways: Prevention Research, Local Coalition Development, and Prevention Action. Nicole received her undergraduate degree in Community Health from Ohio University and a Master's Degree in Health Promotion from the University of Cincinnati. Nicole participates on the Program Advisory Committee through the Health Promotion and Education Program at the University of Cincinnati and is the co-chair for the Prevention Drug Abuse Action Group, a workgroup of the Ohio Department of Health.
Amanda Conn Starner is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I and serves as the Manager of Local Coalition Development. She is responsible for building, growing and sustaining drug prevention coalitions across the Greater Cincinnati region. Amanda graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in English Literature and a Journalism Writing Certificate. She is a graduate of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s National Coalition Academy. Amanda worked for the public sector for several years including as a member of senior staff at the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Ohio Senate. She began her professional career as a journalist including winning an Emmy Award. Amanda is currently an Advisory Council member for the Statewide Prevention Coalition Association.
Kris Kalin serves as the Development & Communication Coordinator for the Coalition. His responsibilities include coordination of the Annual Fund, special events, and other fundraising activities. He also coordinates the Coalition's communication strategy. Kris obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Mount St. Joseph and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Louis University.
Laura Allen is PreventionFIRST!'s Community Coordinator. She is responsible for building, strengthening and supporting substance abuse prevention programs, partnerships, and coalitions in the greater Cincinnati region. Laura has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Education, with a focus on Community Health from the University of Cincinnati. She is also a member of Ohio’s Society for Public Health Education.